An important part of Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center’s (MVNHC’s) mission is to ensure that quality health care is available to everyone in our community. We are especially focused on community outreach activities aimed at reaching higher-risk and underserved populations.
We have a team of four Community Outreach Workers who work year-round in local neighborhoods. They help to organize neighborhood health care events, provide health education to individuals and families, and conduct home visits and wellness checks. As part of their outreach, they inform the community about the services and programs that our Center provides.
Meeting the health care needs of those experiencing homelessness
MVNHC maintains a Homeless Services Department devoted to addressing the medical needs of those experiencing homelessness. We operate two Homeless Shelter-Based Health Care Centers – Coachman Family Center and Grasslands Homeless Shelter – where we provide primary health care services to homeless shelter residents. These health care services are offered regardless of ability to pay or immigration status.
Services available at our Homeless Shelter-Based Healthcare Centers include:
Services for expectant women and young families
Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center has several Perinatal and Infant Community Health Collaborative (PICHC) Community Outreach Workers at its main location. PICHC is a New York State Department of Health Program which seeks to identify pregnant, new, and young mothers who are not receiving prenatal care, and other resources. PICHC Community Workers go out into the community and individual homes to help women get affordable and comprehensive medical and supportive care at our centers for themselves and their children.
Wellness programs for the community
Throughout the year, we offer classes focused on helping individuals make and maintain healthy choices in their daily lives. We provide hands-on instruction in nutrition, stress management, exercise, and chronic disease management. Almost all our programs are free. Programs are open to all patients, and in some cases, also to the general public.